Speech: UK closing statement by Lord Ahmad at the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council

first_imgAs I said during my speech at the Council on 25 February, in an ideal world, states and non-state actors would not violate and abuse human rights. Sadly, we do not live in that ideal world, and that is why the Human Rights Council is such a vitally important part of the rules based international system. The UK continues to be one of the Council’s strongest supporters and we are underlining that commitment by standing for election to the Council next year, for the 2021-2023 term.I welcome the UN’s continuing advocacy on media freedom, including commitments made by the Secretary General. A free media is essential for democracy, economic prosperity and the protection of human rights. All states must come together to remove impediments to a free media and ensure justice for those who commit violence against journalists. We hope ministers from around the world will join us, and our Canadian co-hosts, in London on 10 to 11 July for our international conference to agree a meaningful way forward.This has been an important Council in terms of country resolutions and issues of topical concern. On China, we supported a side event that focused on the situation in Xinjiang and we continue to call on China to implement the recommendations made by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On Venezuela, we co-sponsored a US-led side event that highlighted the human rights situation there, and also supported a joint statement to the Council.Turning to Syria, I welcome the resolution adopted by the Council. The liberation of the last territory held by Daesh is a historic moment, but Syria is far from returning to normal. The international community must continue to highlight ongoing violations and abuses by all sides, and support UN-led efforts for a political resolution. The Commission of Inquiry’s work is vital, and I welcome the renewal of its mandate for another year.I am pleased that the Council renewed the mandate of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, with South Sudan’s agreement. This enables the Commission to continue its vital work in monitoring human rights and tackling impunity. The Commission plays an important role in supporting implementation of South Sudan’s peace deal and I urge South Sudan’s continued cooperation.We welcome the adoption of the resolution on the human rights situation in Nicaragua, which highlights restrictions on civil society and the independent press. I am alarmed by the police’s arbitrary use of force against, and arrest of, peaceful protestors last weekend. If Nicaragua is to move forward, the Government must end the repression of its citizens, create the right climate for inclusive political dialogue and participate with genuine intent to reach a peaceful negotiated solution.I welcome the renewal of the mandate for the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran. This provides an important signal that the international community remains concerned with unfair judicial processes that fall significantly below international standards, the arbitrary detention of dual nationals and others, and deterioration in the protection of freedoms of expression and of religion or belief. Iran should grant the Special Rapporteur immediate access so that he can properly fulfil his mandate.Turning to Libya, the resolution underlines the need for all parties, including the Government of National Accord and the UN, to continue to improve the human rights situation. Full support for the UN-led Action Plan will be crucial to address human rights violations and abuses as it provides the best route to a sustainable political settlement, with greater security and stability.I am encouraged by Sri Lanka’s agreement to co-sponsor a further resolution continuing the commitments made to the Human Rights Council in October 2015 and March 2017. The UK will continue to support Sri Lanka as it implements its commitments.Elsewhere, I welcome the renewal of the mandates of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, the Independent Expert for Mali and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK. I also welcome the adoption of the resolution on Human Rights monitoring in the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and AbkhaziaFor the reasons the Foreign Secretary set out in his article, the UK voted against four resolutions on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, tabled under agenda item 7. While we welcome the decision to table a fifth resolution, on accountability, under agenda item 2 in response to the High Commissioner’s report, the UK abstained our explanation of vote because it did not address the actions of non-state actors such as Hamas. I want to stress that these votes should not be misconstrued in any way as a vote against either Palestinian self-determination, or against appropriate and proportionate scrutiny of human rights abuses or illegal settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We remain committed to a two state solution and support justified scrutiny of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories under appropriate agenda items.Finally, I welcome the support for the joint UK and Austrian led statement made in response to the deteriorating human rights situation in Cameroon. This demonstrates widespread concern and strengthens our call for the Government to establish a credible dialogue and accept offers of technical assistance to address the worsening human rights situation.The Human Rights Council has an essential role in bringing states together to address the world’s most pressing human rights issues. The UK will continue to play an active role on the Council and to support its efforts to hold those who violate and abuse human rights to account.last_img read more

Bulldogs Soccer Season Comes To An End

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer team’s season has wrapped up with a 1-0 loss to The South Dearborn Knights in the Opening Round of the Class 2A Sectionals at The Dog Pound.The Knights will take on The Jennings County Panthers in Game 2 on Wednesday Night after the conclusion of The East Central vs. Greensburg game.Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

FB : 3 things Syracuse needs to do to beat USC

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ 1. Generate a pass rush and rattle Matt BarkleySomebody has to hit Matt Barkley. In order for Syracuse to be in the game near the end against Southern California, somebody needs to pressure the Trojans’ quarterback to disrupt his rhythm.And that somebody won’t be defensive end Chandler Jones. SU head coach Doug Marrone called him arguably the Orange’s best defensive player, but he’s out for the second straight game with a lower body injury.‘You just need other people to pick up the slack,’ Marrone said in his Wednesday teleconference.The rest of the SU defense will need to generate pressure without perhaps its best pass rusher.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSenior Torrey Ball will start in Jones’ place for the second straight game, but expect Brandon Sharpe and Micah Robinson to play some as well. Ball recorded a half-sack in the Orange’s season opener.But whoever lines up on the right side of SU’s defensive line will need to get past Matt Kalil to get to the quarterback. Kalil, the Trojans’ left tackle and one of the top prospects for next year’s NFL Draft, is 6 feet 7 inches, 295 pounds and is the son and brother of NFL offensive linemen.He’s a key reason why Barkley has been sacked just once in two games.‘We just got to make sure that we limit the amount of plays that (Barkley) can make,’ Marrone said. ‘But he’s a great player and he has great people around him. But there’s not many people getting to him.’2. Win the field position battleSyracuse hasn’t returned a kick or punt for a touchdown with Doug Marrone at the helm.The SU head coach admitted it’s been a long time coming for the Orange. In a game where Syracuse’s opponent, USC, is heavily favored and more athletic, a couple plays on special teams — whether they are scores or lead to scores — could make a difference.‘I think you hit it right on the head when you talk about field position,’ Marrone said. ‘I think that’s where it plays a critical part in this game. And then, we’re still waiting, it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to make a play on special teams from the standpoint of a return.’Syracuse kick returner Jeremiah Kobena has been close to breaking a couple of returns early on this season. The freshman took a kick against Wake Forest for 37 yards and seemed a block or broken tackle away from being able to take it for six.The Orange hasn’t done much on punts so far this season, with Steve Rene calling for a fair catch more often than attempting a return. But Marrone credited Rene with making some tough catches in traffic.On the other side, Syracuse’s kick coverage hasn’t allowed any big returns, but it hasn’t faced USC wide receiver and kick returner Robert Woods. He took one kick back for a touchdown last season and is a menacing presence whenever he’s on the field.‘They have some dangerous cats on that field now,’ Marrone said. ‘They got guys that can catch that football, take it for touchdowns.’3. Don’t let the crowd be a huge factorThe Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is an intimidating presence for Southern California’s opponents.So at Syracuse’s practices this week, the Trojans’ fight song is being amplified through speakers to prepare the Orange for the hostile atmosphere.‘It’s part of my responsibility as a coach to make sure that we try to get the players used to the environment or the venue that they’re going to be playing in because we’ve never played out there before,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said.The average attendance for USC’s first two games against Minnesota and Utah is right around the 70,000 mark. And this past weekend, the Trojans had twice as many fans in attendance for their game against Utah (73,821) than SU did for its win versus Rhode Island (36,421).It’s going to be a new atmosphere for most of the Orange players. One that offensive lineman Lou Alexander, a California native, said will be intense.‘Growing up in Southern California I’m used to it,’ Alexander said. ‘Heard it all the time so it’s the same thing. We’re just going to pretend that it’s our band playing for us, and I think it will help us focus more.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Published on September 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Syracuse preps for WVU growing in void of senior leadership

first_imgKomal Safdar isn’t ready to let Syracuse’s success against West Virginia in recent seasons determine her feelings going into this weekend’s match against the Mountaineers.Even though the Orange beat WVU 6-1 in Morgantown, W.Va., last year and 7-0 at home the year before, she still sees West Virginia as a dangerous team.“They’re going to bring a fight,” Safdar said, “and we have to bring the fight back.”Safdar and SU (1-5) will get that chance when the Orange hosts the Mountaineers (1-1) at Drumlins Tennis Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. Syracuse goes in facing a team with far less experience thus far in the season. The Mountaineers have only played two matches, losing to Ohio State and beating Marshall. Both teams, though, are challenged by the lack of experienced players on both rosters.The Mountaineers carry only two seniors, Emily Mathis and Audrey Wooland. The other five players are underclassmen. Three of them are freshmen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s players aren’t much older. The Orange doesn’t have any seniors, something the coaches realized at the start of the season.“The leadership was something that we were concerned about earlier,” assistant coach Shelley George said. “I think that over the course of some of the adversity they’ve faced this past month in the competition they’ve really bonded as a team and as a unit.”Syracuse has faced plenty of that adversity, including injuries and a tough schedule. In the month of January alone, SU has played now-No. 22 Georgia Tech, South Florida and Georgia State. While the Orange fell in all of them, the losses still benefitted the team.“They were really close matches,” said sophomore Amanda Rodgers. “Some of them were 4-3, we know we’re right there and we just need to push ourselves to the next level.”The lack of senior leadership has been one of Syracuse’s biggest deficiencies this season. But the team has bonded and grown stronger without that presence.“They’ve made a decision moving forward that it’s not about somebody as a senior out there leading them,” George said, “but they’re really leading themselves and organizing themselves as a group and moving forward.”The Orange isn’t using the lack of seniors as an excuse for its 1-5 record. Although the team is young, it’s ready for the level of competition it faces in every match.Safdar said it might even be an added bonus.“Not having seniors is almost, in a sense, better because we’re all on the same level,” Safdar said.Last season, the Orange finished 14-6. Currently at 1-5, Syracuse isn’t where it wants to be in order to repeat another strong season. Against West Virginia this weekend, a team Syracuse has played well against in recent years, the Orange has a chance to start turning the season around.Regardless of a lack of experience, Syracuse remains optimistic that it can put together a strong season.Said George: “We’re going to see some great things happening here in the next couple months.” Comments Published on January 31, 2013 at 12:15 am Contact Danny: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Iowa’s unemployment rate up slightly to 2.7% in December

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 2.7% in December, according to state statistics released Friday.Iowa Workforce Development reported the unemployment rate rose as both the number of people with and without jobs increased in the state.The December rate was up from 2.6% in November and 2.4% a year ago.Iowa’s unemployment rate tied with Alabama for the nation’s ninth-lowest. The national unemployment rate in December was 3.5%last_img